Nigerian President Alhaji shehu Shagari, who is in the United States on a six-day visit, has called on non-African countries to launch a "decade of restitution" for Africa, to lead the continent to economic recovery.
GV Nigerian President Shehu Shagari walks on to rostrum as delegates applaud. (3 SHOTS)
SV Delegates listening as Shagari speaks. (5 SHOTS)
SV & GV Shagari receiving applause from delegates.
SHAGARI:"Mr. President I believe that the time has come from the international community to address itself to the serious issue of reparation and restitution for Africa. It is pertinent to observe that there is hardly any country outside the continent which has not in one way or another benefited from the exploitation of the human and natural resources in Africa. In the wake of your important strategy and global negotiations I call upon this Assembly to launch a decade of reparation and restitution for Africa as a master plan for economic recovery of Africa. I make this call to the citizens of responsibility. Restructuring the world economic system to conform with the dictates of the new international economic order will help.
But this will be long term. Massive, special, immediate and effective measures are required to deal with the exceptional situation in Africa. I have seen too much of Africa's misery into action. To demand the proclamation of a special decade for economic regeneration of Africa.
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Background: Nigerian President Alhaji shehu Shagari, who is in the United States on a six-day visit, has called on non-African countries to launch a "decade of restitution" for Africa, to lead the continent to economic recovery.
SYNOPSIS: The President told the United Nations General Assembly on Monday (6 October) there were few countries outside Africa which had not benefited from the exploitation of the continent in the past. He called on the world to recognise a new "international economic order."